Council & City

Local Initiatives Fund

Is your group looking for start-up funding for a new not for profit project? The Local Initiatives Fund may be able to help.

We're looking for unique initiatives that make a difference for our communities and enhance social connectedness and wellbeing.

Moemoeātia te moemoeā, engari whakatinanahia.

Dream the dream, but achieve it also

What the fund is for

This annual grant scheme is available for not for profit groups and organisations. It's a great opportunity to develop new activities and initiatives that can make a real difference in Palmerston North.

The fund supports new ideas, particularly those which:

  • increase social connectedness in neighbourhoods
  • increase social connectedness in disadvantaged communities
  • result in a strong and sustainable voluntary sector
  • result in active citizenship.

Past recipients 

These are some of the groups that have previously received funding:

How to apply

Applications for funding open on 23 April and close at 4pm on 21 May.

We'd love to meet you and discuss your project. We can give advice on whether this fund is for you and answer any questions you may have before you submit your application. Please contact Rebecca Hofmann on 06 351 4100 or email

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website. Alternatively, you can complete the expression of interest form and we'll get in touch to discuss your options.